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Chinese Taster Courses

Enrolment for this course is now closed and details for summer 2018 will be added nearer the time

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:
• apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
• have an insight into everyday life in China
• understand short conversation of daily life when spoken slowly
• interact in a simple way on familiar topics

Course Text

Lamping, A. BBC Talk Chinese. (2008) BBC Active. ISBN:978-1406614008 (old edition)
All text books can be purchased from the University Bookshop, telephone: (024) 7652 3388.

Class schedule





The syllabus will include the following:

Communicative skills:
This module will cover topics such as: greetings, introductions, asking for and giving personal information, ordering simple drinks/foods, asking for and giving directions, doing simple shopping, making a phone call and appointments.

This module will provide an introduction to fundamental features of Chinese and essential basic structures to be used in simple daily conversations.

Course Description:
This course is based on the book 'BBC Active Talk in Mandarin Chinese’. Teaching will be focused on oral communication in various daily contexts so that Pinyin will be used all the way through. To help you taste the real Chinese, the written form, characters will accompany Pinyin in lessons, but won’t be emphasized. Specific cultural background will be provided to understand the language deeply.
In order to be able to communicate efficiently, students are advised to do some independent study following the book instructions outside the lessons. Successful completion of this module will also help students build up greater confidence to take part in formal academic Chinese study.